here is “vast inequality” in Britain’s primary school library system, children’s laureate Cressida Cowell has said.

The author, known for books including the hugely popular How to Train Your Dragon series, wrote in an open letter to the government that the lack of access to libraries means millions of children – particularly those from the poorest communities, worst-hit by Covid – are missing out on the opportunity to become a “reader for pleasure”.

Co-signed by former Laureates, including Sir Quentin Blake, the letter asks Boris Johnson to consider ring-fencing a yearly investment of £100m to help children whose future “lies in the balance”.

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